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Ghostwalk by Rebecca Stott
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Aug 20, 2011

it was amazing
Read in August, 2011

This is an incredibly amazing book, partly due to Rebecca Stott's truly unique writing style but also due to her choice of subject matter. She has taken real 17C characters who left records of themselves, including the famous Isaac Newton himself, and speculated about what might have happened to five of them who had 'troublesome' deaths. The characters all were students, fellows,alchemists,aldermen, chemists and apothocaries who attended Trinity College in Cambridge with Isaac in paricular from 1661 to 1667. Many historians believe that Newton was an alchemist and it is this belief upon which the story develops. But the real mystery unfolds in some present day acts of 'terrorism' thought to be perpetrated by an animal rights group, that seems eerily similar to events in the 17C and so leaves the reader questioning the 'linear nature of time'. Woven throughout all of this is an obsessive love story that Rebecca has made so poignant by the way she 'sprays' words at you that the charcters are thinking. Ghostwalk is a highly intelligent read that will make you wonder about the mysteries of our world.

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